An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Bohanan. It is a name for someone who lived in the great lands of Buchanan in Stirlingshire where this illustrious Clan
held extensive territories since early times. Although many of today's members of the Clan
Buchanan can trace their heritage as far back as McAlpin, the first to establish the name of Buchan was Anselan O'Kyan, son of the King of Ulster
It is generally believed that the Buchanans of Auchmar received lands bordering Loch Lomond by King Malcolm II for services rendered against the Danes. And records do confirm that Walter de Buchanan had a land grant in Auchmarr in 1373. A Maurice Buchanan also acted as treasurer to Princess Margaret of France at this time.
Early Origins of the Bohanan family
The surname Bohanan was first found in Lennox
. In Gaelic, "both-chanain" means "the seat of the canon," suggesting an ecclesiastical origin. The Clan
received its name from the great lands of Buchanan in Stirlingshire where they had held extensive territories since early times. The earliest mention of the name placed him in Stirling
(now part of the modern region of Central) where in an early document, a Dominus Absolone de Buchkan was a witness to a charter in 1224.
"The name of this place was originally Inchcaileoch, which it received from an island in Loch Lomond. This name is of uncertain origin; but the family who used it in consequence of having, at a very early period, obtained a grant of the lands so called, sprang from Anselan, a native of Ireland, who is supposed to have located himself here in the 11th century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bohanan family
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Bohanan Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Bohanan include Buchanan, Bucanan, Bucanion, Bucanen, Bucanon, Buchannan, Buchannon, Buchannen, Buchanon, Buchanen, Bohannon and many more.
Early Notables of the Bohanan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bohanan family to Ireland
Some of the Bohanan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bohanan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bohanan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Bohanan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- John Bohanan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Bohanan (post 1700)
- John L. Bohanan Jr. (b. 1958), American politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1999-)
The Bohanan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Clarior hinc honos
Motto Translation: Brighter hence the honour.